Monday, March 10, 2014

Columbia Heights…Take Two…or Three…or Four….

Above: Big, yellow, official public notice signs....When you see one of these, don't just walk on by! Stop and read it! It may have more to do with you than you may think! This one on 4th Avenue illustrates the land use intentions of Columbia Heights Partners, LLC.
By Janine Unsoeld
A new, new, new public notice for a proposed downtown Olympia project called Columbia Heights was issued a couple hours ago by the City of Olympia. 
The land use application, submitted by Columbia Heights Partners, LLC, is for a proposed mixed-use, seven story building with 138 market-rate residential units in the 100 block of 4th Avenue West.

Mostly notably, the latest notice says that a public meeting of the Design Review Board has been rescheduled from March 13 to March 27, 6:00 p.m., at Olympia City Hall.
Due to errors in previous notices, this is the third notice issued for this site under the current owners. The property, sold by the city, was owned by previous owners who intended to build residential units on the site, and was approved to do so, when the company went bankrupt before the project began. The previous permit approvals expired, resulting in a new city and public review process.

The other public meeting dates for an upcoming informational meeting, an extended written comment period, and a public meeting of the city site plan review committee remain the same as written in the second notice issued, and mentioned in a March 7 article by Little Hollywood.
For more information about the proposed Columbia Heights project, go to and type keywords into the search button or contact Steve Friddle, Principal Planner, City of Olympia, (360) 753-8591 or